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What does "triage" mean?

Triage is the sorting of victims based on the urgency of their needs. You need to be prepared to take care of yourself and loved ones, because if there are people in worse condition than you are in, they will get taken care of first. What's important to you may not be important to emergency responders. Definition.

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I really need to go, now what?

There will be an urgent moment in all our lives when we just need to go. There’ll be no time to think. There’ll barely be time to act. All you know is, you need to go. It’s during these times that you wish you'd been better prepared!

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You need a plan!

Plans are hard to make in the best of circumstances. I have great intentions to plan a family vacation but it gets complicated and doesn't happen. I've intended to make a family emergency plan for the longest time. It, too, doesn't happen. Why in the world would I take precious time to make a plan for reasons I don’t want to think about and, really, may not even occur?

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What's in a GO-bag?

We all know it makes sense, that a GO-bag is something we should have but life is busy, the kids need to get to school, we can barely get ourselves together to get to work on time, etc. etc. Putting together a seldom-used (hopefully never) emergency bag falls close to last on the to-do list.

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Making My GO-bag My Own

Now, I'm ready to make the GO-bag my own - finish it with some personal items that’ll keep me comfortable when I have to be away from home on a moment's notice. Some of the things I would consider including:

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Why do I need a Readiness Plan?

When an emergency happens, and your loved ones are in different locations, you all need to know what to do, where to go, and how to communicate. It is entirely possible that your mobile phone could die, power could be out to recharge, or the cell system is simply overloaded.

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Why nitrile gloves & not latex gloves?

Some people are allergic to latex. Nitrile gloves remove the risk of a reaction. Upwards of 6% of the population is allergic to latex. Learn more.

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What is cryptosporidium?

Cryptosporidium are parasites that can be found in unsanitary water. It is imperative that the water purification tablets you rely on will kill it, which means they must be chlorine dioxide; iodine tablets do not kill it. You can also kill cryptosporidium by boiling water.

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How many days of food supply are in New York City?

The city’s point-of-sale outlets keep 4 to 5 days of food in stock on average. The supply is at risk if there's a mass event.
 
Learn more here .

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You need a GO-bag

If everything goes right, that emergency GO-bag will just sit in a closet somewhere or under a bed for years. Your day-to-day life style won’t be changed if you don’t have a GO-bag. No, you really don’t need a GO-bag...until you do.

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Everybody needs a GO-bag
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